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    Default Team Unimog Punga 2011: Solitude at Altitude

    -Intro-
    There were lyrics, perhaps unbeknownst, at the time, reminiscing, perhaps more often than we would have cared for, perhaps more often than was appreciated. They, the lyrics, went on from milestone to milestone, from one achievement to the next, from one hurdle till the other. “As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death……”

    It is that fear of the unknown, that desire to succeed, that want to want more, that camaraderie, that essence, that fulfillment, that self actualization, that focus, that function, that made us proud to be men during the week of 15<sup>th</sup> July – 22<sup>nd</sup> July 2011.

    Conception started eons ago, almost as soon as the first Team Unimog (TU) Punga tour (https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/4x4...nimerg-butogah) ended. That TU trip was inconceivable for matters that are too plenty to cover again. TU decided that it was important that such trips be restricted to a cycle of 2 years. Mature words, but perhaps spoken to soon. Not all the G4 could make that trip, and for those unacquainted with the acronym, G4 is nomenclature used to describe 4 of us with too many kind traits for Pakwheels to accept and not censor. Suffice is to say that “Your Enemy’s My Enemy” is our moto. Anyways, hence, two years seemed too distant.

    Fast forward, TU had a strange addition, surprisingly, it wasn’t a Unimog, but I guess friendship and company is thicker than steel and a chassis. It wasn’t German, and it wasn’t even the same classification. You’ll see it as you continue to frequent this thread I hope. The same two Unimogs that you are well acquainted with were stripped through and through the whole year, all pending the experience the drivers gained last time around. I cannot count the number of critical spares that were carried, for all three vehicles. I cannot, unfortunately, also count, and for our wives’ peace of mind, the amount of Quaid-e-Azams we had to let go off, empty, empty wallets- also, to the gallows with online and mobile banking!

    13, the so called “unlucky number”, was the actual number of people who would go down and make history on this trip. 13 people, 13 men, of different backgrounds, of different ages, would forever imprint their memories with an out worldly experience. For many, it would be the first time they would have looked at our country, the beautiful Pakistan, in a completely new light. For others, who were better travelled within Pakistan, they obviously keep seeing things that beckon them to come back again and again.

    The route, though decided well in advance, was at the mercy of Mother Nature. Landslides, flooding, law and order, altitude, river crossings and other fragile infrastructure, would all have to be taken into account. Resident locals, as many contacts as we were able to obtain, were critical in providing us with up-to-date and validated information. With all constants and variables where they were, the route was decided and set in stone unless mishaps on the way made way for contingencies.

    Lahore (for Lahoris) - Islamabad – Abbotabad – Mansehra – Ballakot – Kaghan – Naran – Jalkhad – Lulusar Lake – Gitidas – Babusar Pass – Chillaas – Jaglot – Astore – Chillum Chowkey – Sheosar Lake (Deosai) – Kaala Paani (Deosai) – Bara Paani (Deosai) – Teesra Paani (Deosai) – Sadpara Lake - Skardu – Shiggar – Skardu – Lower Kachura at Shangrilla – Soak Nala – Lower Kachura – KKH (Skardu – Gilgit Road) – Jaglot – Chillaas – Babusar Pass – Gitidas – Lulusar Lake – Jalkhad – Naran – Kaghan – Ballakot – Mansehra – Abbotabad – Islamabad – Lahore (for Lahoris)

    Whilst this is a mere introduction, and by no means exhaustive, expect additions to keep coming your way. Notables, and worthy mentions include, but are not limited to Nanga Parbat, and the various views we got of the majestic peak from parts of the KKH and Deosai. Road conditions on a whole were extremely poor, owing to the rebuild of the KKH, and the floods of the recent past. These conditions were not only tormenting for us, but more so for the three stallions that we were riding. Perhaps the most enjoyable and memorable parts of the trips were our camps which would have scored no less than 5-Stars on any hospitality matrix. The highlights for our rides were definitely the water crossings at Bara Paani and Teesra Paani in Deosai (one of the largest and highest Plateaus of the world).

    It is prohibitively challenging to summarize 7 days of travel in a few paragraphs, so I hope you will sit back and thoroughly enjoy the pictures and videos.

    -Outro-
    With that being said, many of us who participated will miss each other the most, and in closing I quote simple words Bo Jackson said some while ago; “If I miss anything about the sport, it’s the camaraderie of teammates.”

    - Team Unimog, Pakistan



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    The horses at Soak Nala, between Upper Kachura and Lower Kachura
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    The Fields of Gold
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    Shangrilla Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistian, Pakistan
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    The Droplet of Sheosar Lake, Deosai
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    Wonderful gift from a wonderful friend - Janj


    An even more wonderful gift from a wonderful friend - Janj


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    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Rao.
    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Who can give me the name of this peak? I think Bash once told me, I keep forgetting.

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    Rao.
    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    May be its Dofana Peak 19k ASL (not 100% sure though)

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    the pictures says it all.... from rocky unpleasant mountain one can see the green land.... from darkness to light... Rao you have the perfect eye boy... now start investing on camera gadgets seriously...



    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    The KKH on the way back. This was one of the only good patches of the KKH. I HATE THAT ROAD!!!

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    let the pakwheelers guess, we have some serious trekkers community here on Road & Trips forums.

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Who can give me the name of this peak? I think Bash once told me, I keep forgetting.

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    Rao.
    When Nothing else do the Job "ҐЄຊ๓ પฑḭ₥φ౸" has the solution. http://www.facebook.com/team.unimog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basharatu View Post
    let the pakwheelers guess, we have some serious trekkers community here on Road & Trips forums.
    Really!
    yaar Basch kyun Pakwheelers kay damagh ki lassi banani hai.... bata dey naa kia naam hai?
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    is it show off or off show


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    enroute challas


    Basch and TU#13 the most gandaay larkay of TU need to take shower again and again

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    Allo laylo aalo laylo.... DeeDee and Basch bought 2 boories of aalo...

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Who can give me the name of this peak? I think Bash once told me, I keep forgetting.

    Rao.
    If I am guessing it right, this is coming back on main skardu road towards KKH, than this Haramosh Peak in the Haramosh Valley!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    If I am guessing it right, this is coming back on main skardu road towards KKH, than this Haramosh Peak in the Haramosh Valley!
    sir i dont think its Haramosh coz Haramosh peak(7409 m) has a very distinctive shape

    here r some pics of Haramosh peak....
    secondly i dont think Haramosh is visible from KKH. but i mite b wrong
    Haramosh peak | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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    mayb its Malubiting Peak. 7458 m
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/asifcae...57623134746243

    looks are similar....

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    Quote Originally Posted by asifcae View Post
    sir i dont think its Haramosh coz Haramosh peak(7409 m) has a very distinctive shape.............................
    Mine was just a guess, you may be right.

    I didn't say KKH, I said on main Skardu road. We were passing thru it last week and saw sign posted Haramosh valley and this lovely peak was visible and we did brief search on the map and worked out that it may be Haramosh peak (which could have been wrong)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    Mine was just a guess, you may be right.

    I didn't say KKH, I said on main Skardu road. We were passing thru it last week and saw sign posted Haramosh valley and this lovely peak was visible and we did brief search on the map and worked out that it may be Haramosh peak (which could have been wrong)!
    actually i have done kutwal lake haramosh valley trek and the thing is that Haramosh peak is not visible from Skardu road even. actually i didint c it till i strated my trek from berchi village.....

    i think its Malubiting peak

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    Quote Originally Posted by asifcae View Post
    actually i have done kutwal lake haramosh valley trek and the thing is that Haramosh peak is not visible from Skardu road even. actually i didint c it till i strated my trek from berchi village.....

    i think its Malubiting peak
    @asif, as per my knowledge, Haramosh peak is visible from skardu - gilgit road & same was told me the driver of natco while i was coming back from skardu in july but I don't know about this peak wheather its haramosh or else.

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    well me not 100% sure as well.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    Mine was just a guess, you may be right.

    I didn't say KKH, I said on main Skardu road. We were passing thru it last week and saw sign posted Haramosh valley and this lovely peak was visible and we did brief search on the map and worked out that it may be Haramosh peak (which could have been wrong)!
    You are correct I think, this was the Skardu - Gilgit road. I thought we also called this the KKH, but I'm most definitely wrong.

    Still no cent percent answer to the peak question? Looks like it may just be Haramosh Peak.

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    Could be Haramosh 1 or Dofana peak......these are the only two towering Haramosh Rondu area. probablity "Haramosh"

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Who can give me the name of this peak? I think Bash once told me, I keep forgetting.

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    You guys call this a peak?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    is it show off or off show


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    OMG ......hahahahaha....koi ess ko batyee yeh 2011 hai 1877 nai..
    Kasam sy i havent seen this sort of show off pic....lamoooo
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    You guys call this a peak?
    Just kidding

    Assuming the pic is taken quite close to the Kuthura road intersection, this would likely not be Dofana but the unnamed smaller set of peaks (some 17000ft or so) just downstream of the Kathura lakes. There may well be a local or trekker name for it but GoogleEarth does not seem to have one. I probably am completely wrong here

    BTW! Some amazing photograhy Rao!
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